Success for society at one-act play fest

Market Harborough Drama Society received plaudits for its one-act plays at a city festival earlier this month.

The town’s group was narrowly beaten into second place by the RATAE Cooperative Players, a group based at Leicester College of Performing Arts.

But by finishing runner-up at the Leicester Festival held at Longslade Theatre, Birstall, the society qualified for the East Midlands final of the All England One-Act Play Competition. And, individually, it was a night of triumph for the Harborough team.

Neil Lovegrove won the best actor award for his portrayal of Martin Lacey in Disposable which the adjudicator described as a “tour de force”. And for the same play, John Foreman scooped best director and Sarah Parker was adjudged Best Supporting Actress for her role as Martin’s wife Carly.

In the youth section, Robert Smyth Academy student Alistair Beeson was best

actor in the under-18s category for his performance in One Season’s King where, quite remarkably, the entire cast of four was shortlisted.

The final is at the Bonington Theatre in Arnold, Nottingham on Saturday, April 25, where there will be two sessions of three plays, starting at 2pm and 7pm.

Tickets cost £8 a session or £12 for both by calling 0115 9013640.